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The concept of complete freedom of movement for vehicles is not new to the military, and many vehicles have been developed in an attempt to achieve that capability. The United States Department of Defense is currently developing a hoverbike called the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV, expanding on an original concept and design by British company Malloy Aeronautics.
9. MAGNETO HYDRODYNAMIC EXPLOSIVE MUNITION (MAHEM)
When it comes to battling armored vehicles, the preferred weapon of choice is a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, but thanks to advances in technology, a new type of missile warhead has been created. This is called the Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition, or MAHEM.
8. MAGPUL FMG-9
In battle, it’s not enough to have a good firearm. You must have it at ready - and, at times, concealed, which can be a problem when you have to wear it on your body using a strap or holster. But a new gun may prove to be a game-changer when it comes to the ability to conceal one’s weapon. The Magpul FMG-9 isn’t just a fully functioning gun, it’s also one that can fold into the shape and size of a laptop battery.
For as long as there has been war, there has been the desire to make the soldier better, faster, and stronger. Technology isn’t quite ready for exoskeletons, but there have been many military projects that have aimed to make a functioning, and inexpensive exoskeleton designed to boost a soldier’s performance on the battlefield.
6. PACK MULE ROBOT
While we don’t quite yet live in a world where sentient robots live alongside humans, the military has long entertained the idea of a robot companion that helps soldiers as they move from one location to another. One recent attempt was a collaboration between Boston Dynamics and DARPA to develop a “pack mule” robot known as the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3.
5. SMART UNIFORMS
Tactical advantages are vital to successful missions, and many technologies have been developed to help soldiers see better, react quicker, and be more lethal when necessary. But that doesn’t stop enemy combatants from seeing the soldiers in even the most cleverly camouflaged standard uniforms. In recent years, researchers have designed various “smart fabrics” to better hide soldiers from enemy eyes.
4. LIQUID ARMOR
Liquid armor is a type of military uniform that is comprised of a material called kevlar, which has been soaked in a special liquid and encased, and is used to make soldiers lighter while also keeping them safe. This “special liquid” is called shear thickening fluid. When it’s not under attack, it’s a plain liquid, making it lighter than regular armor, and allows soldiers to move around with ease.
3. THE CORNERSHOT
One of the most disadvantageous aspects of combat is that more often than not, you need to be in visible range to fire at a target, meaning that your target can shoot back. And if they’re around a corner, that can leave you very vulnerable, unless you have the Cornershot.
2. BLACK KNIGHT UNMANNED COMBAT VEHICLE
UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles, helped revolutionize air reconnaissance and warfare, and the military is looking to do the same thing when it comes to ground warfare, in hopes of losing as few soldiers as possible. One such prototype that they’re working on is a 9.5-ton tank called the Black Knight Unmanned Combat Vehicle.
1. LASER WEAPON SYSTEM
Laser weapon systems are currently in use by the US military. One of the most popular of which is the LaWS, or “Laser Weapon System,” which works by firing a laser at a target. Now, unlike the lasers you’re probably thinking of, it doesn’t disintegrate enemy ships and personnel. Instead, the laser causes the systems on the craft or missiles it’s aimed at to stop working.